Bookish Editorial Series: 2016 in Review & 2017 Goals

Good afternoon, darlings, and how I've missed you all! It's been just under a month since the last post was written so my thanks in your patience while I enjoyed the holiday season with my family. Today I want to write a piece on how I viewed 2016 and how I am looking forward into this new year. I hope you all have had a wonderful start to 2017 as well.

Blessed Bookworm 2016 in Review & 2017 Goals

Last year, there seemed to be three years worth of events crammed into one. Losses, new adventures, milestones, and so much more. It would be easy for me to ramble on and on about all of the terrible things that happened to me and our world last year. Though I'm sure that we've all had enough negativity in our life recently to last us a lifetime. Instead, I choose to think of all the wonderful things that happened.

My eldest turned 5. We got a new dog named Khaleesi. I opened Blessed Bookworm. I went on my first solo cross-country roadtrip with my sons. My husband and I went on a trip and explored Oregon visiting a new National Park on our quest to see them all and I got to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time. I was a vendor for my first two markets. My second son turned 4 with a brilliant Pink Pirate Party to his own thrill and happiness. My youngest son turned 1. I started the journey into hand lettering. I made new friends thanks to Instagram that I treasure. I became a published author thanks to Wholehearted Woman Magazine & Blog (I'll write a piece on them soon but I would love it if you check them out!). I returned to New York City with my husband and our sons the week after Christmas for a family vacation to celebrate the 8th anniversary of my husband proposing. I lost 35 pounds by returning to my diet to a healthier lifestyle. I chose to take care of myself instead of trying to continue slugging through grief and depression and asked for help and low dose anti-depressants and have been happy to feel myself coming back to life. I loved. I lived. I'm here for the start of another year.

It's too easy these days to focus on the sad and the horrible. I acknowledge all of those things and intend to work hard to change what I can - but I refuse to sacrifice my faith in my fellow humans or my optimism for our future in the name of cynicism. I can't do that while raising sons that will be strong enough and optimistic enough to try and change the world we hand to them one day. They will grow up seeing their mother have undying faith in the world and no matter how dark things may be - I'll never stop sharing my love and kindness.

In this new year, I have some plans. For my personal life and for the business. Personally, I want to return to my habit of regularly doing random acts of kindness. I want to get back into working out and running which I have all but abandoned in the last year because of my depression. I want to go on more adventures, traveling more. I want to enjoy my hobbies more. I want to make my marriage a priority rather than continually putting it on the back burner in favor of life stresses and parenting duties. Professionally, I want to work to bring Blessed Bookworm into being an entirely or almost entirely hand lettered business. I want to put less stress on myself trying marketing avenues supposedly "required" that seem to go unwanted by my target audience. I want to try and bring out more quality products in smaller quantities. I want to enter the world of designing products for weddings more often. I want to be a regular on the Colorado market scene.

It's going to be a big year. I turn 30 tomorrow and I'm psyched to see how spectacular I can make the next 12 months some of my best in the face of so much negativity and sadness. I hope you'll be doing the same. Much love.